UK-based studio Starship is already working on at least two virtual reality (VR) projects. The first is CyberCook, a training experience for the Gear VR mobile-based head-mounted display (HMD) that helps the user prepare meals. The other title is vTime, which aims to be a definitive social network for the technology. Today this new service is seeing its first launch, again for Gear VR, though is also planning a launch on other HMDs in the future. A launch trailer for the experience can be seen below.
An early access version of vTime will be available for free on the Gear VR store soon. The title allows players to create their own avatar and meet up with others online in one of eight virtual environments. Here they can talk and utilise a hands-free control system. They’re also able to connect other social media accounts to the network. More features and environments will be added in upcoming updates.
“vTime is the first truly ‘sociable’ network on mobile VR,” Starship CEO Martin Kenwright said of the news. “Unlike conventional social networks, where you spend time mostly with your PC, tablet or phone, vTime is about spending that precious time with family and friends.
“Opening the doors to vTime Early Access is just the start of the story. We’ll be working closely with the community to develop the network you want to see. We’ll be holding regular vTime FOURums where you’ll have the chance to vTime with us directly and give your feedback.”
It’s important to note that the title currently only supports 2015 Samsung phones, with support for the Galaxy Note 4 arriving soon. Starship also plans to bring the experience to the Google Cardboard HMD as well as Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR in the future. For the latest updates on vTime, keep reading VRFocus.